|KHRP Publishes Response to European Commission Turkey Progress Report|
KHRP is pleased to announce the publication of a statement in response to the European Commission’s Turkey 2008 Progress Report, which was published earlier this month.
KHRP welcomes the fact that the report underlines the failure of the Turkish authorities to press ahead with earlier human rights reforms. In almost every area of concern from the point of view of human rights, the Commission underlines that there has been limited or no improvement in the period covered. Even where mechanisms exist to protect human rights, there are widespread problems with implementation of these measures.
At the same time, however, it is disappointing that the Commission fails to adequately tackle a number of key areas of concern, including the human rights impact of Turkish cross-border military operations in northern Iraq, and the impact of hydro-electric projects in south-eastern Turkey on local populations.
The full KHRP response to the Turkey 2008 Progress Report can be downloaded from our website here.
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